I recently learned the magic loop technique, and boy howdy! I've gone from a mild interest in the craft to an addict! The reason? I like things for my hands, mostly fingerless gloves and mitts. I was terrified of double pointed needles (I have cats that have an unholy love of yarn!). But, with the magic loop that is no longer a concern. When I'm ready to put my work away I just slide it onto the cable and stick it into my bag. My current project has been mauled 3 times without ever loosing a stitch! Yay magic loop!
In the past month I've completed a pair of striped gauntlets, my very first ML project, and am almost done with a cute little shrug. I found the pattern here on Ravelry. While I used this pattern as a jumping off point, I've made a quite a few changes. The original is basically a long tube with breaks for your thumb and the portion that goes across your back. It's the same width the entire length and knitted by measurements, not rows. Now, I tend to like my sleeves to be fitted on the lower portion of my arm and a bit looser up top. So I've created my own pattern that fits my super long monkey arms just the way I like! As of this writing, I've only got 129 rows to go until it's finished! (Please excuse the really bad bathroom mirror pics. I'll have a friend take some good ones once this thing is finished.)
I cannot express how much I love this! It's comfy, soft, not bulky and I can't wait to wear it about! As soon as this one is done, I'll be making one for a friend in purple. We're taking our girls on a trip soon and they'll come in handy on the plane.
If you're interested in the details of my version of this shrug, you can find them on Ravelry.